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THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 2010




Clearwater Paper buying Georgia competitor

Clearwater Paper Corp. will buy Georgia-based competitor Cellu Tissue Holdings Inc. for $502 million, the two companies announced this morning.Spokane-based Clearwater will pay Cellu Tissue stockholders $12 per share, and assume $255 million in debt, in a deal a Clearwater statement said should increase earnings…

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2010

Spokane employment jumps by 3,300

Employment in Spokane County jumped by more than 3,300 in August, dropping the unemployment rate to 8.6 percent from 8.8 pecent in July, and August 2009.The rate for Washington held steady at 8.9 percent seasonally adjusted, and 8.8 percent unadjusted.The rate for the United States,…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2010

David Allen the next Connect Breakfast speaker

McKinstry Co. Executive Vice President David Allen is the next speaker in the Executive Connect Breakfast series, at the Spokane Club on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 a.m.The breakfast series promotes area business networking and sharing of ideas.Allen will discuss the work McKinstry is doing…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010

THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 2010


New Light Industries wins lab access

New Light Industries Ltd. will use access to a $2.5 million Washington Technology Center microfabrication laboratory to improve its new liquid-crystal technology, President Steve McGrew said.The center said it awarded Spokane-based New Light three months of free access to help move the company's patent-pending technology…

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2010

Rockford company gets biofuels grant

A Spokane County company has been awarded a $90,000 grant to continue developing a process that converts bluegrass straw into biofuels.Farm Power, based in Rockford, will use the U.S. Department of Agriculture money for further work on automating controls and feedstock systems, according to a…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

WSU regents endorse Spokane health center 

Washington State University regents Friday endorsed designation of the Spokane campus as the university's center for health sciences education, and backed that step by putting a $70.78 million Biomedical/Health Sciences building at the top of their capital request to the legislature.Supporters say the building would…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 3, 2010



Idaho jobless increases

Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in August, the one-tenth of a percent increase from July the first since a two-tenths rise in February, the state Department of Labor said today.Total employment fell to 688,700 from 690,100 in July. Unemployment rose to…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 2, 2010


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2010

Itron, Cisco form smart grid alliance

Itron Inc. will license an Internet protocol developed by Cisco to create what the companies said today will be a more reliable and secure smart grid.Itron, the Liberty Lake-based company that has developed and sold automated metering systems for more than 30 years, will incorporate…

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